About Dementia Help
Dementia Help was launched in February 2017 by Christina Neal after caring for her late mother Hazel, who had vascular dementia, for almost a decade. Christina launched Dementia Help as a friendly and helpful Facebook page for dementia carers. Such was the success of the page that Dementia Help has grown into an established brand with a significant audience. The Facebook page has an average monthly reach of over 500,000.
There is very little help and support available to carers who often feel isolated, alone and overwhelmed. Dementia Help offers ongoing tips, advice and support for carers via its website and social media platforms. Our practical advice is always from the heart and based on our personal experiences.
Meet The Team
Christina is a writer and editor who spent ten years caring for her late mother Hazel, who had vascular dementia. She is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Dementia Care: A Guide. She has appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show speaking about dementia care and also took part in the BBC documentary, Food Truth Or Scare with Gloria Hunniford, about diet and dementia. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Running and Women’s Fitness magazines. Her first book, Run Yourself Fit, was published by Summersdale in January 2016.
Allan PattisonCommercial Director
Allan has worked in the magazine media business for most of his professional career, five years of which were spent working with Dementia Help founder Christina when they worked as a team on Women’s Running magazine. Allan loves the great outdoors and is a keen runner and kite surfer.
Angelina ManzanoContent Writer
Angelina is a writer and digital editor who has 15 years experience writing and editing food, fitness and health titles. Her mother was diagnosed with early onset vascular dementia with Alzheimer’s after a series of suspected mini-strokes over ten years ago. Angelina feels passionately about the importance of social interaction for those affected by dementia and their carers and wants to encourage people to overcome the stigma attached to dementia.
Zac PattisonCommercial Executive
Zac produces his own football blogs and websites and is keen to get younger people more active and enjoy the great outdoors. He is a keen golfer and can be spotted surfing on the south coast when the conditions are just perfect.
Dave CollisonWebsite Manager
Adept at handling all things tech that baffle the rest of the team, Dementia Help’s resident computer genius Dave Collison manages our website, creates GIFS and films video interviews with those living with dementia. A former computer programmer, Dave has a keen eye for design and a talent for problem-solving. We’d be pretty lost without him! He’s also a talented singer who performed at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Show at London Olympia and also appeared on London Live talking about the positive benefits of music for those living with dementia.
Claire has worked across a range of consumer and trade titles and has vast experience of creating commercial content for e-newsletters and websites. She is the former Deputy Editor of Women’s Running and previously worked as freelance Sub-Editor for Good Homes, Best, Company, Cosmopolitan, Eve, Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar. She worked closely alongside our Founder Christina Neal when Christina was caring for her mum, so fully understands the challenges of dementia.